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I'm a freelance journalist, travel writer and guidebook author based between the UK (cold) and Sweden (colder).

I've worked for The Independent, The Washington Post, The Observer, BBC Radio 4, Which? and Rough Guides, among many others, and grabbed front-page headlines with my investigative research. I also built this website. You won't find any adverts, sponsored blog posts or phoney travel recommendations here; just some of my work, plus stories from out on the road.

January 18, 2014

Sweden’s underwater sauna

Filed under: Sweden — stevenjvickers @ 1:46 am

Sweden's underwater sauna

A sweet, smoky heat floods the bastu, thawing our frozen bones. It doesn’t take long for the sweating to begin. Eyes shining in the orange glow of smouldering birch logs, Daniel Carlsson tells me how he designed the sauna – and then built it underwater.

“The biggest problem,” he says, pushing a moist lump of tobacco under his top lip, “was finding the right kind of glass.”

On our side of the sauna’s thick windows, the dry air has reached ninety degrees Celsius. The beer feels warmer with every sip. Beyond the glass, where fish swim opened mouthed through the reeds, as though shocked by the sight of half-naked humans, the water is close to freezing.

The full version of this article was published in The Times (paywall).

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